After a quick stint at the airport over the weekend, I couldn't help but notice the lack of activity throughout the airport. Indeed, traffic plunged systemwide for the US airlines in August. And 2001 itself has seen a dramatic turnaround in profits and traffic forecasts for the airlines.
I could not help but notice a lax, kind of restless attitude, among the idle airline and airport personnel. This seemed natural, as business was slow.
Might the terrorists have staged this attack precisely because of this trough of airline traffic? After all, labor day travels are over, and Tuesday (methinks) is traditionally the slowest day of the week.
With less traffic, security is likely to be less stringent, and perhaps the offenders saw this as a window of opportunity.
It seems ironic that workers would be more laid back and less strict about policy and enforcement when there are less customers. After all, one would think it is easier to serve the customer, and thus follow protocol. In my experience, though, customer service is much friendlier (read: lax in policy) when traffic is smooth.